By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU first baseman Nick Coomes is undergoing hip surgery on Thursday morning and will miss fall practice, LSU coach Paul Mainieri told Tiger Rag on Thursday.
The surgery is to remove a bone spur from Coomes’ hip, a lingering ailment that caused him pain, required treatment and occasionally forced him to miss time during the 2016 season. The timetable for his recover is somewhere in the area of two-to-four months.
Coomes, an LSU-Eunice transfer, took over LSU’s starting first base job last April and held it down the stretch until a thumb injury kept him out for part of the NCAA Tournament. He hit .303 in his first season as a Tiger with two home runs and 24 RBI.
Once healthy, Coomes is again expected to challenge for playing time at first base as LSU reshuffles its infield. Jake Slaughter, who shared the job with him at the College World Series, is expected to move to either second or third base.